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CIA Nominee Got Big Check Before Joining White House

John Brennan

John Brennan

John Brennan, President Obama’s nomination for the head of the CIA, received a large check from his employer, a private intelligence contractor, just before joining the White House as a counterterrorism adviser.  Brennan worked for The Analysis Corporation for three weeks in 2009, but he received almost $170,000 in salary and bonus, according to an article in Defense News.

Scott Amey, the Project On Government Oversight’s general counsel, finds the payout troubling:

"If Brennan’s disclosures are accurate, in early 2009 he joined the Obama administration, but yet he was paid nearly $170,000 by his former firm for about three weeks of work or as part of a deferred compensation package. Conflict-of-interest rules might allow this, but it’s another example of questionable dealings for someone passing through the revolving door.

Who knows if this will come up during his confirmation hearing, but it should."

Brennan’s confirmation hearing is on Thursday. Read more at Defense News.

Image from Flickr user CSIS: Center for Strategic and International Studies.

By: Andre Francisco
Online Producer, POGO

andre francisco Andre Francisco is the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: National Security

Related Content: Conflicts of Interest, Defense, Intelligence

Authors: Andre Francisco

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